mental blocks in Gymnastics

Girls suffer mental blocks far more than do boys. Most are backward skills. Often they appear during competitive season or during other stressful times.

Terri Laymon:

…  There is something to be said about ‘putting in the numbers’. The body needs time …

Moving through skills too quickly can cause a breakdown of acquiring the confidence and achievement of successes the mind needs in order to move forward. Sometimes slowing down is the best medicine.  …


Especially don’t rush backwards skills. Use as many progressions as possible where there is minimal risk of injury IF something goes wrong on a backward skill. (e.g. Flyaway)


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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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